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for the gop. >> steve handelsman joins us from columbus, ohio. conventional wisdom says if romney wins ohio he wins the nomination. where do we stand right now? >> reporter: well, we stand where we don't know. as the votes are counted on this super tuesday night and nbc news makes its various projections, ohio does remain the focus. romney and santorum. nbc news projects ohio is too close to call. mitt romney cast his ballot late this afternoon in massachusetts. and tonight notched his first super tuesday victory. nbc news projecting romney wins virginia. and projecting that newt gingrich wins his home state of georgia. but as voters cast their ballots on this super tuesday, in eleven states, ohio was the most watched. in this swing state, many republicans were un-enthusiastic. and many were split. >> i voted for mitt romney. >> mitt romney because of his business experience. >> people aren't feeling there's a strong person at all. but i think santorum could pull it out. >> reporter: can he beat mitt romney in ohio? the pressure is on rick santorum. >> this is a somewhat important day in my li
. >> dan: moments ago, mitt romney added another state to the win column. super tuesday show down is a fight to the finish. here is how things look so far. mitt romney has won, three states and rick season has taken tennessee, north dakota. big prize is ohio, still too close to call. karen traverse is live in columbus, ohio. >> we have a tight race here in ohio. it's been back and forth all night. but right now, mitt romney leads rick santorum by a couple thousand votes. >> it was the most coveted prize of the day. but the race here in ohio is still too close to call. but like a youth soccer league tonight, everyone going home with a on trophy. mitt romney won massachusetts as well as virginia and ver monitors. >> i'm not going to let you down. >> rick santorum picked up wins, in tennessee and oklahoma strengthening his case he is the top choice for conservatives. >> we're going to get at least a couple of gold medals and a whole pack of silver medals. >> newt gingrich won his home state of pennsylvania. >> tomorrow we'll bring another chapter for the race to the nomination. >> bu
in ohio this could slam the brakes on mitt romney. right now, let's they are locked in a battle as predicted in the polls. they are neck and neck. 38% for both romney and santorum and it looks like a difference of less than 800 votes at this hour. we cannot call the place in ohio just yet. as for the races that have already been decided, three have gone to mitt romney. he has won massachusetts, where he was governor of course. he has also taken the state of vermont. and he is getting another check of victory in virginia. just a note here only he and ron paul were on the ballot there. in the meantime, newt gingrich has taken his delegate-rich home state of georgia. he needed this win in order to keep his campaign alive. he said this before and it has happened for newt gingrich. all right. coming up, we are going to be breaking down all the results with cbs 5 political analyst joe tuman who will be in studio. we'll talk about the issues and we are keeping a close eye on the numbers and updating the results live on cbssf.com. >> thank you. >>> new at 6:00, critics say it is a costl
on to the presidential race. super tuesday was pretty good for mitt romney. but it was not super enough to make him the nominee. tyler suiters has more on the primary season's biggest night and joins us from washington, d.c. >> reporter: elizabeth and frank, good morning. you put i well, a good day for romney, won the most states and delegates but for all the delegates victory on super tuesday is in the eye of the beholder. mitt romney squeaked out a victory in ohio fighting a tough battle with rick santorum taking the swing state. >> it looks good. we are counting down the days until november. it looks better. >> reporter: with super tuesday victories in five other states, he is already talking like the gop nominee. >> as president, i will get our economy back on track and get our citizens back to work. everyone unlike president obama, i have the experience to deliver on that promise. >> reporter: evangelical voters helped rick santorum finish on top in tennessee and oklahoma. he also put north dakota in his win column. >> we have won in the west, midwest and the south and we're ready to win acros
: on this day after super tuesday here is where the republican presidential race stands. mitt romney won six of the ten states that voted yesterday. rick santorum three, newt gingrich one. so far, 22 states have voted. romney has won 13, santorum 7, gingrich two. it takes 1,144 delegates to clinch the nomination. romney is more than a third of the way there with 391. santorum has 140. gingrich 95, ron paul 38. romney won the key battleground state of ohio last night-- but just barely. john dickerson is our political director. john, where does romney stand today? >> well, scott, ohio was a lot closer than the romney campaign wanted it to be. they'd hoped if they had a commanding victory romney would be able to say that the ration was just all but over. instead, questions were raised again about his inability to connect with the most conservative members of his party. but overall, it was a good night. as you mentioned, six of ten states won by romney, 65% of the delegates at stake last night. in talking to experts today, they say it's nearly impossible for romney's competitors to overtake him
-up to super tuesday. >> reporter: mitt romney started his campaign day in energy-rich north dakota hammering president obama over the surging price of gasoline. >> he should be hanging his head and taking a little bit of the blame for what's going on today. >> reporter: gas prices have pushed their way onto the campaign agenda, rising 45 cents a gallon since the first of the year. but in a blog post today, the white house again highlighted figures showing u.s. reliance on oil imports falling in each of the three years of the obama presidency. back in fargo, romney argued it would be down even more, if not for the president's policies, including his veto of a plan to speed up the keystone oil pipeline project. >> when someone says do you want to bring in a pipeline that's going to create tens of thousands of jobs to bring oil in from canada how in the world can you say no? but he did. this is a president that does not understand energy. he is the problem not the solution. >> reporter: the president counterpunched in nashua, new hampshire, rejecting republican plans he says focus mainly on mor
>> right now at 5:00, mitt romney has been declared the winner in the puerto rican primary today. can he get enough delegates to nail down the gop nomination before the republican convention? why some people in the party may be getting ready for a floor fight. also police and friends continue to search for a teenage girl missing for three days. the bay area saw plenty of rain this last week. we'll show you one city that has less than most. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. the search continued in morgan hill for a missing 15-year-old girl who disappeared friday on the way to school and nbc bay area spoke with the girl's mother today. stephanie is in morgan hill with the latest. >> reporter: hi, diane. you can see the sheriff's command post. we're at the border of morgan hill. this is day three of the search and still nothing. they focus their efforts on the fields around here. they were out here in the morning with dogs looking for any traces of 15-year-old sierra lamar. the problem is she never has run away. the family said there were no home t
romney. there are different stakes for different candidates. nonetheless, it is clear that today's voting could possibly reshape this race for the republican presidential nomination. mitt romney campaigned hard across ohio hours before the polls opened asking youngstown voters to carry him to victory on super tuesday. romney is locked in a dead heat there with rick santorum. >> thank you! >> reporter: the former pennsylvania senator had a lead there but started to fade after romney's three-state sweep last week. santorum admits a win in ohio is crucial. >> i would make the argument that it may not be make or break, but it will be a huge, huge deal. >> reporter: ohio is considered the biggest prize today because it's a battleground state in the general election. romney says he is the republican candidate who can win come november. >> what we need to talk about to defeat barack obama is getting good jobs and scaling back the size of government and that's what i do. >> reporter: mitt romney and ron paul have a decided advantage here in virginia today. they are the only two republican preside
gingrich in his home state. romney took the virginia primary. he and ron paul weren't on the ballot there. mitt romney take the vermont primary so two big wins for mitt romney. everyone taking a look at ohio today. it's a key swing state offering a microcosm. overall voters because it has a mix of rural and urban voters moderates and conservatives. santorum had a lead here earlier. but could he hold off the surge? ohio is a bellwether state for the general election. no republican won the white house without first winning ohio. that's why the state is so important and that's why people are watching it so closely. only mitt romney is in massachusetts. newt gingrich is spending his super tuesday in georgia where we just said he has won. as for ron paul, he is concentrating on the caucus states, idaho, alaska and north dakota. north dakota is where he is hoping to pick up his first win. a lot is at stake. a strong performance in states like ohio and tennessee and georgia could help mitt romney to move from front-runner to presumptive nominee. sa
-- players are the same. mitt romney is trying to nudge his opponents toward the sidelines but so far they are not budging. >> reporter: he didn't win a knockout punch tuesday, but mitt romney's dell great lead is growing -- delegate lead is growing. upon here's the breakdown. romney way ahead with 38%, santorum 27%, gingrich and ron paul well behind. if romney was hoping his opponents would call it a day, it didn't happen. a santorum ally urged newt gingrich to abandon the race. the former house speaker said he'd only consider that if he thought santorum was sure to beat romney and then president obama. >> we win both alabama and mississippi next tuesday night, in is a whole new race for i think the ninth time. >> reporter: romney went only six of the ten contest, but the delegate mas is in his favor. increasing the president odds of winning in november. tell that to rick santorum. >> we've proven we can win out west, the upper midwest, the heart land, the south. >> reporter: in the overall race for delegates, romney is way ahead. he is leading with 419 delegates. nobody else even
decision on super tuesday. after some heart stopping moments in ohio, mitt romney ekes out a tight victory. but can he convince the gop that he is their man? we'll talk with republican leader eric cantor and top gop strategists mike murphy. >>> i'm gayle king. more sponsors drop rush limbaugh. what is next for the controversial commentator. when i see you at 8:00 the fbi is asking for some help finding one of its own. john miller has the bizarre case of that missing agent. >>> i'm erica hill. one be of the nfl's biggest stars getting a pink slip. where peyton manning may be headed next. apple fans really hoping the rumors are true. could the new ipad be revealed today? >>> but first as we do every morning, we begin with a look at today's "iopener." your world in 9 o 0 seconds. >> we're counting down the days until november and that looks even better. >> mitt romney attacks his lead for the gop nomination winning six super tuesday states including a close contest in ohio. >> we're going to get at least a couple of gold medals and a whole passel full of silver medals. >> newt gingrich got th
. >>> mitt romney is in the bay area right now. the importance of the california gop now. good evening. it's monday march 26. this is bay area news at 7:00. republican front runner mitt romney brings his campaign to the bay area. it's our top story at 7:00. we're live in redwood city. romney is laying ground work ahead of california's primary in june. >> reporter: it's ability getting votes but about -- it's about getting votes but also about getting cash. here at this hotel, it's $1000 a plate reception. front runner, mitt romney arrived to clears from a waiting crowd. >> we don't want to have the 1% come in and take from our county to use it against us. >> reporter: people outside held signs against romney. people inside signed checks to him. >> there are a lot of billionaires that will max out contributions. >> reporter: he's likely to fair better here than other republicans and conservative republicans he visited earlier today. tickets to the redwood city event start at $1000 and go up to 25,000. >> he's here to raise money. he obviously doesn't expect to win california in the general
57 at the cbs broadcast center. i'm charlie rose. more trouble for mitt romney. rick santorum pulls off two big wins in mississippi and alabama. so what does this mean for the fight for the gop nomination? also this morning we'll go to afghanistan where defense secretary leon panetta has just arrived amidst new violence. >>> i'm erica hill the dow soares along with temperatures. plus we'll talk to george clooney as he prepares to testify before congress. >>> and i'm gayle king. prince harry tells us how the work of his mother, princess diana, influenced his own humanitarian efforts. when i see you at 8:00 jason segel stopping by. >>> today we'll begin with today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> we did it again. >> rick santorum sweeps the south. >> we are going to win this nomination before that convention. >> this heir of inevitability that romney has been projecting has been an abject failure. >> if you're the front-runner and you keep coming in third, you're not much of a front-runner. >> i'm the one guy in this race that can beat barack obama. >> from my perspective he
are gathering for another rally. >>> to election 2012. republican presidential hopeful mitt romney is making a bay area visit right now. ktvu's lorraine blanco is live with the two things he is focusing on during the visit. >> reporter: protesters gathered out here outside hotel sofitel san francisco bay an hour ago. you can see they are chanting, singing and beating a drum, mocking a $1,000 a plate fundraiser for mitt romney's campaign. the dinner isn't just about dinner. >> reporter: this is as close as most people will get to mitt romney. the reception cost $1,000 a person and $5,000 per couple to take a picture with him. here is a look that invite. money is the main objective. but this it is not just a goal, it is 172 delegates that will make the difference. >> california probably donates 25% of the money for a national campaign but this time it is stretched out and it is likely the june 5 primary will put mitt romney over the top. >> reporter: the event isn't open to the public. mitt romney told an audience in san diego, regulations by the obama administration are crushing dreams. >> we
of the race. both want to go head to head with mitt romney. romney has time and the delegate counts on his side. cbs estimates romney now has 391 delegates, more than double his closest competitor. tyler suiters is in washington with more. tyler, goodmorning to you. >>> terrell, good morning as well. >> kansas, alabama, mississippi. if rick santorum wins all of these three upcoming states and there's a chance he could, by this time next week we could have a two-man race. rick santorum told supporters in jackson, mississippi, next week's primary could be a game changer. >> if we win mississippi, this will be a two-person race. >> santorum is battling with newt gingrich to win over conservative voters and emerge as mitt romney's lone rival. the former pennsylvania senator has consistently split that base with gingrich allowing romney to win in michigan and ohio, key states. santorum is stopping short of calling for gingrich to drop out of the race. >> if he wants to get out, i'm all for that. >> newt gingrich says that won't happen. >> we're staying in this race because i believe that it's g
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in and they are paying off. those votes are coming in at the margins are bigger. >>pam: romney and santorum at one point each had 37 percent of the vote. the bulls for is about 5000 or so voters. >> this race is about math and momentum. he is doing well and will get a majority of the delegates and but the momentum is not where he wants to be. santorum to ignore dakota, that was a bit of a surprise. >>pam: even of said card does not win ohio, he has a lot of momentum coming out. he won oklahoma and tennessee as well as north dakota. thus >> by the way tonight and, i'm predicting alaska will go to idaho. at the idaho is a slam-dunk for romney. with supertax the funding as opponents, it is going to be a long, slow grind. >>pam: d.c. near the bridge or ron pollack jumping out? >>pam: if you think you have had enough of the republican victory in this campaign, you are not alone. >> it has been i think the worst campaign i have ever seen. >>pam: former first lady barbara bush says that the republican mudslinging is hurting the party. take a look at this new poll. only 35 percent of american voters have a posi
'll have your full seven-day forecast coming up in minutes. >>> one night only mitt romney in the bay area, it's not all handshakes and high fives for the presidential hopeful. >>> it's the talk no parent wants to have, how the death of trayvon martin is inspiring a different kind of conversation between penants and children in the bay area. >>> it's radical but it works. what doctors say is more effective than diet and exercise when it comes to controlling diabetes. >> i got it, it is on. the cca rnlifoisia fenherm ogughffome california fishermen offguard.d. >>> community activists in oakland stand united with other groups across the country today calling for justice in the deadly shooting of trayvon martin. his shooting continues to impact the lack of concern of charges or arrest in the case. >> reporter: it's a conversation that african-american mothers, grandmothers and fathers are having with their sons. what you wear could put you in a compromising situation. >> god bless this family member -- >> reporter: the rally began with a prayer. a prayer dominiqua says she can relate to. >> i
yesterday's super tuesday. mitt romney game victories in six of 10 states. his final when last i was in alaska. rooney also run a battleground state and all- half ended narrowly defeated santorum. half santorum to victories in tennessee, oklahoma and north dakota. and gingrich said a win in his home state of georgia. the race is not over yet. >> today we have taken one more step towards it was formed, as of tomorrow. tomorrow, will leave that in the garlic and. >> we are ready to win across this country! >> there are a lot of money rabbits running through, i and the tortoise, i take one step at a time. >>mark: so far mitt romney has forwarded 15 votes towards winning the nomination. >>justine: mitt romney has given some of interviews this morning and has said he is feeling good about his showing yesterday. the also said that he has the time, the resources and the plan to take it all the way to the republican presidential nomination. >>darya: apple is getting ready to unveil the next ipad. the event is set to start at 10:00 p.m. at the year of one a center for the arts in san fran
. it was a good day for mitt romney. he won the most states and delegates. but for all these candidates victory on super tuesday is in the eye of the beholder. mitt romney squeaked out a victory in ohio. he fought a tough battle with rick santorum to take the critical swing state. >> we are counting up the delegates and the days until november and that looks better. >> reporter: with super tuesday victories in five other states, he is already talking like the gop nominee. >> as president, i will get our competent back on track and get our citizens back to work. and unlike president obama, i actually have the experience to deliver on that promise. >> reporter: evangelical voters helped rick santorum finish on top in tennessee and oklahoma and put north dakota in his win column. >> we have won in the west, midwest and the south and we are ready to win across this country. >> reporter: the candidates will divide up the super tuesday delegates. they are chasing the magic number to clinch the nomination. 1144. mitt romney leads. santorum's camp wants to frame this as a two-man contest with romney sa
with the edge. >> reporter: on the eve of super tuesday, romney has the double digit lead in the polls in ohio where he gives business experience over his rivals. >> they've read about the economy, talked about it in meetings. i've been in it. i've worked in business. >> reporter: he is up a dozen points over santorum. romney has the edge in ohio polls too. romney is running strongest in north and central ohio around cleveland and columbus. he has big leads in mass marks vermont, virginia, idaho. in aid air, santorum is strongest near indiana and kentucky borders and southeast near his home state of pennsylvania. he's ineligible for 18 because of filing problems. he's running strong in tennessee and heavily favored in oklahoma and slams romney as someone that pretends to be conservative. >> one of the biggest things in this campaign is trust. >> reporter: begin grith has ignored ohio to focus on georgia. he hopes to force himself back to headlines and contention. >> i will challenge the other contestants to join me in mississippi or alabama for a debate next week. i don't think romney can hid
handelsman breaks it down. >> reporter: mitt romney survives supertuesday. barely winning ohio after pounding rick santorum with attack ads. but he put on a bright face today. >> i don't apply percentages to it. but after last night, i feel pretty darn good. >> reporter: he did win the super tuesday quest for delegates. >> mitt romney did what he had to do. he put away six o out of the ten states last night. >> reporter: but rick santorum claimed three states and claims he's on a roll. >> we're heading to mississippi and alabama and we're going to have a sweep this week here starting in kansas on saturday. >> reporter: santorum backers pressed newt gingrich to quit. he refused. >> we are staying in this race because i believe that it's going to be impossible for a moderate to win the general election. >> reporter: and after winning georgia, gingrich could take more southern primaries next tuesday. romney's -- before the convention. says the former republican party chair. >> for romney to actually have the nomination in his pocket going into tampa, it's going to be virtually impossible to do.
mitt romney did not win last night's primary in michigan. instead it was a tie. the former pennsylvania senator told an audience in tennessee today that he forced romney to spend a fortune in his home state and claims outside of romney's home county, they ran dead even. and nbc news predicts santorum and romney will split the delegates in michigan. that's 15 delegates each. romney, however, won all of arizona's 29 delegates last night. he campaigned today in ohio in advance of super tuesday next week. >>> still to come at 5:00, the supplements that may be doing more harm than good. >>> and safety improvements but at what cost? pg & e talks about how they plan to pay for your safety. >>> nobody deserves to die on their vacation. >> averting cruise disaster. survivors from that italian ship wreck head to washington, d.c. to help make the seas safer. >>> good afternoon. one storm system this morning. and another one lining up here off shore. of course we'll have details on that as rain looks to stay in your forecast for your thursday with temperatures also remaining in the minutes. [ femal
with connections inhe t area watching tonight. >> gop mitt romney shored up his front-runner status with a big win. >> together we are going to ensure that america's greatest days are still ahead. thank you so much! >> romney got the majority of the 54 delegates in the battle ground state. rick santorum needed to win to show he could beat president obama. this will not lock in the win, but gives him momentum for the south. louisiana's primary is on saturday. mitt romney's win in illinois puts him in a lead among the remaining presidential nominees. romney is well ahead of rivals and santorum has 191 delegates and newt gingrich with 137 and ron paul has 34. the candidate who will get the gop in november needs 1144 from all state primaries. >> for appears mid-romney is on track to get the nomination. the next question is who will his running mate be? there was speculation he might tap into condoleezza de vries, but that will not happen. the secretary of state appearing on fox news rejected the possibility, saying she preferred policy over politics. de vries is currently teaching at stanford. >> appl
found herself on the next day about 1 mi. away >> mitt romney supporters are celebrating a double-digit margin over rick santorum in the illinois presidential primary yesterday. here is susan mcguinness spoke with more >> mitt romney think supporters in illinois for his double digit win over rick santorum >> what a night >> and immediately turned his focus to defeating president obama in november >> it is time to say these words: enough. >> exit polls show the economy was the most important issue among voters in illinois. mitt romney says it is his one and number one priority >> i'm running for president because i have the experience and vision to get us out of this mess >> cbs news estimates that romney will take 41 of illinois 54 delegates. rick santorum is downplaying his second place finish it >> we got the delegates that we could get and we're feeling good, again, it is a two-person race >> santorum is already looking ahead to the next contest. he will campaign today in louisiana and predicts he will pull off a big victory on saturday. newt gingrich finished fourth last night
. it came down to the wire, but mitt romney is the projected winner in ohio. the latest win for romney on this super tuesday. rick santorum and newt gingrich also posted wins today, all trying to gather enough delegates to go up against president obama. >> reporter: it didn't have the most delegates of the ten super tuesday states but ohio was the biggest prize. no republican has ever won the white house without it, and tuesday's primary became a drawn-out challenge between mitt romney and rig santorum. in the end -- rick santorum. in the end, it gave romney's presidential bid a major win. romney put virginia, vermont, idaho, and massachusetts in his victory column earlier in the nights but said there's still a long way to go. >> always long hours, never enough time to get everything done. but on november 6th, we're going to stand united, not only having won an election but having saved a future. >> reporter: santorum picks up wins in oklahoma, tennessee, and north dakota. >> we're going to win a few, lose a few, but as it looks right now, we're going to get at least a couple of cold
: virtually ignoring his competitors, mitt romney attacked the obama administration on rising gas prices. >> we have to get them out and get people in that will bring down the cost of gasoline. >> reporter: president obama recently defended his record on energy and accused his challengers of over simplifying a complex problem. while romney argues for more drilling in the u.s., obama says -- >> they act like we have a magic wand and give you cheap gas forever if you just elect us. every time. been the same script for 30 years. >> four years ago then candidate obama used higher gas prices as an election weapon. >> after one president in the pocket of big oil, we can't afford another. >> mitt romney faces another battle with rick santorum. >> i guarantee you i guarantee you, we will win this nomination. >> reporter: this marathon campaign lead to talk the nomination could for the first time in 36 years go to the national convention. rick santorum and newt gingrich are embracing an extended campaign. the chairman insists a nominee will soon emerge. >> we will have a nominee, i think fairly s
to be back at work. >> to national politic tonight. mitt romney has easily won the illinois republican primary. according to exit poll romney has once again the overwhelming choice for voters whose top priority is beating president obama. mr. tonight from karen travers. >>reporter: romney pulled out decisive win in the illinois primary. >> what a night. thank you illinois. what a night. wow! >>reporter: rick santorum lost a critical opportunity to score an upset. and a large chunk of delegates. >> won the area of conservative and republican populate and happy about. that happy about the delegates we get tishtion series of misstep in recent day hurt santorum including this statement yesterday. >> ybing what the unemployment rate is going to be. >>reporter: illinois had a more favorable electorate for romney than the southern states that voted last week. 7 in 10 illinois voters hailed from the suburb. less than half called them evangelical. quarter expressed a desire to see the candidate share the religious view. but republican race will continue to be a long hard job. romn
a convincing win for mitt romney in the illinois primary. we'll get reaction from illinois democratic senator dick durbin on that and also on the ongoing budget battle in washington and we'll have a community that is rallying in support of a teen gunned down during a neighborhood watch. >>> i'm gayle king. a treasure-trove of captured documents offer a window into the mind of osama bin laden. jon miller brings us new details you have not heard yet. and when i see you at 8:00, kiefer sutherland tells us about his big return to tv. >>> fake medicine making its way into the u.s. and newly published e-mails from bernie madoff show a desperate man seemingly trying to cope with life behind bars. >>> as we do our good morning, we begin with a look at today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> thank you, illinois. what a night. wow. >> mitt romney rolls in illinois and takes aim at president obama. >> it's time to say this word. enough. we've had enough. >> it's inevitable that mitt romney is going to be the nominee, isn't it? >> unless there's an unexpected collapse or heart
in the presidential race. coming off the super tuesday wins, mitt romney focusing on president obama. president obama focuses more on him. the general election is heating up. we'll get that in a minute. >>> look at this. the ignition button on a lot of newer cars. there are new warnings about how deceptively dangerous they can be. if you're not careful. are you accidentally leaving your car turned on? you don't realize it. >> i did it a couple of times. >> you did? it's hard to tell. it's an abc news investigation. >>> check out matt gutman. underwater under the ice, upside-down, risking his life in a daring adventure. >>> a major solar flare expected to arrive at this hour. highly charged energy from the sun hurdling toward earth. the pictures standing. sam can't wait to tell us much more about this. >> that may be the coolest part is the fact that we can show you pictures right now. we learn more about the sun every day. it regularly sends out these bursts of energy. the particleles that you hear about toward earth at about 4 million miles an hour. these pictures are from tuesday
is calling the race for romney. now early exit polls had suggested that romney was leading his rival, rick santorum, in the illinois primary. let's bring in nbc bay area steve handelsman who is tracking everything for us tonight in washington, d.c. steve, good evening to you. romney apparently got what he paid for spending big money in illinois. what's the latest? >> reporter: he has spent big money everywhere, raj. good evening. and it paid off as it has in battleground state after battleground state. this is a triple win for him after michigan and ohio, now illinois. all states rick santorum badly wanted to win, where he did pretty well in the polls and where in the end mitt romney closed and won and it looks like his win in the state of illinois will be a convincing one with 43% of the vote in, this is real tally now not just exit polls. the romney had about 51% of the vote. santorum just 31% of the vote. mitt romney is sell is britti g celebrating. here is what he had to say in illinois. >> years of too many apologies and not enough jobs. historic drops in income and rise in gas price
romney shocks up another win. >> elections are about choices. today hundreds of thousands of people in illinois have joined millions of people across the country to join our cause. >> mitt romney won 47% in the illinois primary, 12 points ahead of rick santorum who came in second. he is looking forward to the next contest. >> we will head to louisiana from here. we are feeling very good about winning louisiana on saturday, i might add. >> newt gingrich has been focusing his campaign hoping for a win there. rand paul met with voters and made an appearance on the tonight show. mitt romney picked up 41 of the 54 delegates. he now has 353 delegates and that's all he needs. rick santorum has 463, newt gingrich 465, rand paul. 50 delegates. hes accused of killing 16 and he is likely to be charged with homicide tomorrow. the case against bails will last two years. bails is being held at fort u.s. kansas. he believes bails may be suffering from post trauma i can stress disorder. >>> once charged with raping a co-worker is looking to protect his reputation. michael will file a lawsuit agains
in the evening rick santorum is attending another fundraiser in alamo. >>> mitt romney is picking up more high profile endorsements. bush will endorse mitt romney as they presidential nominee. he will meet for a photo option and mitt romney has met last night. he is being mentioned as possible candidate. >>> and he is ending tax breaks for oil companies. the president was scheduled a speech. he will call on them to for tax penalty tis to repeal oil tax subsidies. >>> time now 4:38 a bomb scare turned out to be a false alarm. emergency crews were called out just after 8:00 last night when a suspicious bomb. >>> let's go to sal to check in on traffic, how is the commute, it is early, sal? >> not too bad, pam, as a matter of fact we are doing well on most bay area commutes and that commute looks good getting to the bay bridge toll plaza westbound there are no problems and no problems on the bridge and the wind is not as big a factor as it has been earlier with the storms. this is northbound getting to highway 17 and that's a nice commute on the way up to 17. 430, here is steve. >>> a lot of clou
romney who grabbed the most delegates yesterday. both appeared upbeat today as they hit the campaign trail once again. >> rick santorum's deep south wind in alabama and mississippi are a big jolt of momentum that newt gingrich should bow out of the race leaving santorum to the alternative. >> you're being out spanned and everybody is talking about all the map and all the other things that this race is inevitable. >> well, for someone who thinks this race is inevitable, he spent a whole lot of money against me for being inevitable. >> reporter: romney yet to win over the party's most conservative core nationally. he came in third in alabama and mississippi. romney did win the caucuses and hawaii and american so moe what. when i become the nominee, when i face barack obama. he -- he's a nice guy he does not understand how the economy works. >> gingrich called winning alabama and mississippi critical to his candidacy but came in second. despite pressure for him to get out of the way. he's threatening to go all the way to the convention if that's what it takes from romney from winning. >
from newt gingrich. santorum won in alabama. the presumed front runner, mitt romney, came in third in both states. so now what? what does this all mean? susan is staying up late for us out of birmingham, alabama tonight. susan. >> dana, mitt romney really needed to win these two states. alabama and mississippi to prove that he could connect with the truly conservative voters, the christian conservatives. he needed it to get some long jeffty and stay in. at the end of the day after a tight race that came down to the wire, a three-way dead heat, santorum wins. cbs news projects rick santorum has swept tuesday's primaries in the south. winning both alabama and mississippi. >> we did it again. mitt romney spent the day rallying supporters in missouri. looking ahead to saturday's caucuses there. he's calling himself the one guy in the race who can beat president obama. >> he said he cut taxes for middle income americans. your taxes down? don't vote with what the pun dents say. >> santorum took his message directly to evangelical voters in alabama and mississippi leading up to tuesda
at 6:00 tonight. >>> mitt romney picked up a major endorsement today as he looks to lock up nomination for president. jeb bush says he's backing romney. in a statement this morning, bush says it's time for the republican party to unite behind the former massachusetts governor. romney won last night's primary in illinois in a field of four major candidates. romney has half of the delegates needed to win the nomination. rick santorum has 236 delegates. nit has 135 and texas -- newt gingrich has 135 and ron paul has 50 delegates. >>> today, new hampshire lawmakers are due to vote on making their state the first to repeal a gay marriage law through legislation. the bill would rescind a two- year old law legalizing same- sex marriage in the state. it would restore a law that allows civil union but not marriage. new hampshire's governor has said he will veto the bill if it reaches his desk. >>> tomorrow, a same-sex couple from orinda will face a judge on deportation charges. last year, brian willingham and alfonzo garcia were married in new york after living together for ten years. then a si
. he told the crowd mitt romney is "uniquely disqualified to beat president obama." this is just one of about 20 appearances that santorum has scheduled for today. romney is also crisscrossing the state and he's telling supporters santorum does not have the ability to help fix the nation's exe. >>> romney is thanking volters after an overwhelming win in puerto rico's primary. he won all 20 delegates. while campaigning there, he said if elected president, he will not the -- require the island to become a state. and while they can vote in the primary, they cannot vote in the presidential election in pore tee rico. >>> romney has 521 delegates, santorum has 253. newt gingrich trails with 136 and ron paul has 50. 1,144 delegates are needed to secure the republican nomination. >>> a broker water main is finally turned off in menlo park. but the cleanup continues. >> the pipe broke just before 3:00 this morning. paul chambers was there on our 4:30 newscast and has more information about service. >> reporter: cleanup begins in this menlo park neighborhood after a 16-inch water main broke t
their primary. romney won the washington state caucuses yesterday with 38%. here's david curley in washington, dc. >> get out and vote on tuesday. thank you so much. >> escapes seems like the candidates are moving quicker, they have a lot of ground to cover and not a lot of time left to super tuesday, when voters in ten states go to the polls. more delegates delivered in one night than in the entire campaign. what's a candidate to do with two days? lots of talking -- >> i will never apologize for the greatness of this country. >> and lots of traveling. ron paul thinks he is strong out west. in alaska and idaho. newt gingrich ahead in georgia, is actually at his virginia home today, and will then bounce into tennessee. romney hits newt's territory, georgia, tennessee, and then ohio. for santorum, tennessee, oklahoma, and then ohio. ohio, that is the big prize. it's a swing state where romney do -- >> if got a nod from the people of ohio that would send a big statement. >> santorum has a problem in ohio. he didn't complete all the paperwork and is at risk of being ineligible for more than a qua
. leavenworth conditions. >>> mitt romney and rick santorum are folk can you goes on the next two states to hold primaries. illinois and louisiana. this comes as romney won puerto rico today. he hopes to rebound after losing alabama alabama to santorum last week. romney quoted voters in illinois. >> i want to work on getting people back to work. i understand what it takes to make america the most attractive place in the world for entrepreneurs and job creators. >> the more i look at romney's record and match it up with obama, i feel like i'm in training for the general election. >> ama: gingrich keeps rejecting calls to pull out of the race. >>> 'gps systems are not fool proof. >> i don't know why they wouldn't question driving into a puddle that doesn't seem to end. >> ama: sometimes the satellite systems point you in the wrong direction. >>> will we finally dry out after the week of rain? leigh glaser has the forecaststt >> ama: so many of us now rely on gps to get where we're going,s' some of us are apparently relying on it a little too much. a couple tourists offend it out the hard way. >> h
and mississippi could be game changers in the race for the white house. yesterday mitt romney won decisive victories in smaller caucuses but rick santorum claimed the big sur prize. we have the latest on the race. >> thank you! >> as expected, rick santorum took the lion's share with the delegates in kansas. >> we've had a very, very good day in our neighboring state of kansas. >> businessed on the numbers the former pennsylvania senator doesn't stand a chance of surpassing mitt romney. >> good morning, y'all. >> the frontrunner took a breather from the kin trail saturday after patting his commanding lead with 18 delegates overnight from guam and the marianna islands. on saturday the virgin party claimed romney the winner of the caucuses. the next one was tuesday thal bam mu and mississippi primary. a win in either state could burnish his elect ability factor. the stakes are high for newt gingrich. the g. native said the south is his path to victory. a poor showing tuesday could be his last stand. he's short on money an
soundly beating mitt romney. we have a look at how santorum is continuing to win support in conservative southern states. >> reporter: rick santorum strikes again. he spent the day trying to win over wisconsin, he scored big in the louisiana primary, where nbc news projects he is the winner. >> the people of louisiana sent a loud and clear message -- this race is long and far from over. >> reporter: it was another disappointment for mitt romney, who still has a strong delegate lead but can't close the deal with conservatives like this one. >> were he to be the front-runner, winds up with the republican nomination, i'm not sure where i would be rnkts . >> reporter: in pennsylvania, neuwelt gingrich was capitalizing on that doubt. he reminded voters of what a romney aide said in recent days. >> i thought they were in fact children's toys not presidential campaign design systems. >> reporter: beginning hitch has vowed to fight on to the republican convection in august, but the road to tampa is now uphill all the way. brian mooar, nbc news. >>> santorum's win, though, is complicated by some
endorsement for the presidential campaign of mitt romney. the head of the house budget committee announced his support for mitt romney this morning, wisconsin congressman says the primary fight has been constructive until now. his state holds its primary tuesday. mitt romney leaves the gop pack with 554 delegates. >> first lady michelle obama will fly to the bay area this afternoon, her first up is san fransisco for a campaign fund- raiser and then she heads to the coast guard island in alameda where she will take part in the commissioning ceremony for the coast guard cutter. >> " maybe a huge security breach for one of the biggest credit card companies here in the united states. >> you may know the jingle but not everyone gets the same deal. why some bay area customers need to pay more for the $5 foot long. >> first on sale, some spaces for your ads, human billboards. >> a lot of clouds in the skies, a few showers to the north but,, hong >> a mixed bag on wall street after a new report shows consumer spending grew last month. take a look, this is a live look at the big board in new york and y
primary elections. a big focus is on ohio. in canton today, mitt romney took aim at president barack obama. >> he's failed with regard to our jobs. he's failed with regards to the definite si. he's failed to bring americans together, to bring washington together. he is out of ideas. he is out of excuses. in 2012 we got to make sure he's out of office. >> rick santorum also campaigned in ohio today at a rally in miamisburg. he said he is someone with a different vision for america than mitt romney. >> someone who is willing to go out and talk about all the issues that are confronting this country. all of the issues, not just how we'll manage the economy better. this country is more than just the economy. >> a new poll shows mitt romney has gained momentum over rick santorum in ohio. mitt romney leads rick santorum 34% to 31%. it does represent a ten-point shift from last week when rick santorum had a comfortable lead. >>> a total of 419 delegates are up for grabs in ten states tomorrow. the lion's share is in georgia with 76. ohio has 63. tennessee has 55, virginia 46, oklahoma 40. massachu
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